Friday, March 16, 2012

Girl, Interrupted

My 11-year-old daughter is a complete tomboy-jock. She plays every sport known to man and then invents more. On more than one occasion recently she has been mistaken for a boy, but since that has also happened to her best friend, she thinks it's funny; a badge on honour if you will. She has also (too early) reached the age when it's cool to be bored so the whole grunge, he-she wardrobe fits right into the 1990s Seattle persona.

However, on Wednesday I had to take her to an orthopedic specialist because her shoulder hurts when she runs and she had to be pulled out of two soccer games last weekend in some state of distress. Apparently her ligaments are very long in her AC joint (acromioclavicular not Air Conditioning) which means that her bones aren't held apart when she runs and they crunch into each other. Ew.

The upshot is that she has been told not to run for at least a month. Can you say "full-on meltdown"? And that's just me! Last year she was out for bruised growth-plate issues in her heels (also related to loose ligaments) and now this. The doctor says she'll grow out of it but that could be several years away so what do you do in the meantime?

I wish parenting was more linear. This to-ing and fro-ing business on each and every decision is for the birds.

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